Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 17

728 1/2 E. 25th St., Census

The Herald-Express described the neighborhood where the killer abandoned the Bauerdorf car as “a Negro residential district.” (Oct. 13, 1944.)

Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder:
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These days, we have access to the 1940 census, so we can examine the ethnic makeup of the neighborhood more precisely.

Here’s a handy tool for searching the 1940 census.

We find:

724 E. 25th: White family.

728 1/2 E. 25th: African American family. Notice that the family name is Mounday and that the woman who reported Bauerdorf’s car was Marian/Marion Mounday, according to the census.

730 1/2 E. 25th: African American family.

734 E. 25th: Chinese family.

744 E. 25th: White family.

744 1/2 E. 25th: White family.

750 E. 25th: White family.

758 E. 25th: Chinese family

In other words, it was a multiethnic neighborhood. Other pages in the Enumeration District show Japanese families, who would have been in internment camps during the war.

To be continued.

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8 Responses to Georgette Bauerdorf, an Unsolved Murder, Part 17

  1. John says:

    Good find. If minute details such as this are to be inaccurate, or simply reported with any type of bias, then all of the larger facts that were reported automatically become subject to reconsideration.

    It seems like, due to a myriad of circumstances surrounding this case, ascertaining what actually occurred takes a lot more of digging through the facts than would initially appear to be necessary.

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  2. Earl Boebert says:

    Well, it’s not exactly original research, but I dug a little deeper into the issue of the missing gas rationing sticker. It turns out they were not all that easy to get; they were passed out by citizen boards similar to draft boards and there were criteria, like you had to have five good tires. The rule of no sticker, no gas was evidently pretty well enforced, especially by your fellow drivers — gas rationing was intensely disliked (I remember my father talking about that, even thought as a railroad policeman he had a very large allowance) and “gas cheats” were liable to be confronted.
    So the issue of the missing sticker is a (probably irrelevant) little mystery within a mystery. Did the person who took the car lift it (and possibly a ration book from the glove compartment)? Did some passerby notice the abandoned car and take it? Did the cops remove it as part of the impound process? FWIW, as they say on the tubes of the interwebs 🙂

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  3. Ariana says:

    Maybe, in the 1944 world of The Herald-Express, one or two black families made it a “negro neighborhood”, as in the fear-mongering of 1970’s school busing.

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  4. dlhartzog says:

    This has proven out to be a fascinating and instructive post. Thanks!

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  5. Riley says:

    Back then, it was probably like the “one drop rule” (a drop of “black” blood makes you black, which still seems to be in effect in America): one “Negro” family made it a “Negro” neighborhood.

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